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Ghost Town (I) (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  19 September 2008 (USA)
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Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.


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Joseph Badalucco Jr. ...
Accident Bystander (as Joe Badalucco)
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Sneezy Cop (as Tyre Simpson)
Sneezy Lady
Upper East Side Lady
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Raymond J. Lee ...
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Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited result. Written by Studio Approved Synopsis

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ville fantôme  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,012,315 (USA) (19 September 2008)


£6,370,608 (UK) (28 November 2008)

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Did You Know?


The New York Times crossword puzzle seen within the first 10 minutes when Dr. Pincus (Ricky Gervais) first comes home is the puzzle from Monday, October 1, 2007 (Created by Will Shortz). See more »


A dentist would know that asking about dentures is always required for general anesthesia. A tube is pushed into the patient's mouth and down the trachea so the patient can be respirated. Dentures must be removed so they will not interfere with the work of the anesthesiologist. See more »


Gwen: You don't like crowds?
Bertram Pincus: It's not so much the crowd, as the individuals within the crowd.
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Crazy Credits

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String Quartet Op. 1 No. 6 in C - 4th Movement
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Ricky Gervais Sees Dead People
29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A strong formula comedy that gets an extra jolt of originality from an improvisatory performance by Ricky Gervais.

Gervais plays a Manhattan dentist with an over-sensitive gag reflex who hates people. When he accidentally dies for seven minutes during a routine medical procedure, he finds upon waking that he can see and converse with dead people, who want his help in finishing up unresolved business. One of these, a smarmy, cheating husband (played by Greg Kinnear) wants him to help prevent his widow (Tea Leoni) from marrying a guy he doesn't like. Guess what...Gervais falls in love with her himself.

There's a lot of standard obligatory plot in "Ghost Town" that's specific to the genre: we have to sit through the requisite scenes of Gervais thinking he's going crazy because he can see dead people; he and Leoni have a falling out when she thinks he's tricking her just to get close to her, etc. But the acting is so good, especially from Gervais and Leoni, who absolutely lights up the screen whenever she's on it, that it's easy to forget we've seen much of this before.

One of my favorite parts of the film was the brief but hilarious performance of Kristen Wiig, who plays Gervais's doctor. You may remember her as Kathryn Heigle's passive-aggressive colleague in "Knocked Up," and though she always does the same schtick, she makes me laugh every time.

Grade: A-

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